News round- up - January
Written by 28 January 2013on
World Cities Network rounds-up January's leading news from around the world. This month's summary includes the World Economic Forum, what can Londoners expect from new Thames tunnel and should we build new cities at sea?
Should we build new cities at sea?
As the world population increases and cities become more populated every day, could building new cities entirely out at sea offer an alternative way of living?
Architects in the Netherlands are creating prototype neighbourhoods of sustainable floating houses which could withstand future flooding and environmentally friendly.
Leaders without followers
World leaders have spent the last week in Swiss mountain resort of Davos for the annual World Economic Forum, yet their credentials as global leaders look anything but resilient. The annual "Trust Barometer" survey published by Edelman, a public-relations firm, reports widespread scepticism about the ethics practised by political and business leaders.
Glasgow wins 'smart city' government cash
Glasgow has won a £24m UK government grant intended to make it one of the UK's first smart cities.
It will use the money on projects to demonstrate how a city of the future might work.They will include better services for Glaswegians, with real-time information about traffic and apps to check that buses and trains are on time. The council will also create an app for reporting issues such as potholes and missing bin collections.Other services promised by the council include linking up the CCTV cameras across the city with its traffic management unit in order to identify traffic incidents faster.
What can Londoners expect from new Thames tunnel?
What could be the outcomes of a new car tunnel under the Thames linking deprived east and south London? Boris Johnson and TFL argue It would relieve congestion, allow people to cross London more easily, reduce journey times, encourage development, jobs, prosperity, flexibility, and even provide an alternative route between the Isle of Dogs with Greenwich. However the increase in traffic in London could detrimental to the health of its citizens.
Fighting Off the Car in Latin America
Curitiba, Brazil, and Bogota, Columbia are rightly famous for their world-changing bus rapid transit (BRT) systems and other urban transportation innovations, but other cities in Latin America are starting to give them a run for their money. Quito, Ecuador and Cali, Columbia, are now also becoming leaders in taking on the car in Latin America.